The Orange County District Attorney’s office today announced that a Newport Coast man has been charged with murdering his wife in their home, according to a news release.
Peter Gregory Chadwick, 48, was charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain and faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without the possibility of parole if convicted, the release said. Chadwick is being held without jail and is expected to be arraigned today in Santa Ana, the release said.
“On the morning of Oct. 10, 2012, Chadwick is accused of murdering his wife, Quee Chadwick, in their Newport Beach home over a dispute regarding a possible divorce and related financial issues,” the release said. The statement said Chadwick then disposed of her body in an unknown location.
“That afternoon, neither Chadwick nor the victim arrived to pick up their children from school,” the statement said. “Another parent drove the children home and then requested a welfare check from the Newport Beach Police Department (NBPD) when the Chadwicks could not be located. A subsequent search of the home by NBPD revealed blood and signs of a struggle inside. NBPD began investigating the whereabouts of the couple.”
Chadwick is accused of driving to San Diego near the Mexican border sometime after the morning of the murder and Oct. 11. He then contacted the San Diego Police Department, and Newport Beach arrested him in San Diego that day.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Bryan Moore at (949) 644-3764 or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8492.